Perlman appointed associate provost for assessment of student learning

Professor Dan L. Perlman

A faculty member in the Biology Department and in the Environmental Studies Program, Professor Dan L. Perlman has been on the Provost's Committee for the Assessment of Student Learning since its inception in 2006.

Perlman teaches conservation biology and ecology, has co-authored three textbooks and recently launched, a website from which he freely distributes teaching materials that he has developed. He has been awarded the Student Union Teaching Award on two occasions, the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching and at Harvard University the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Teaching, where he taught conservation biology part-time for nine years.

As associate provost, Perlman will be responsible for university assessment efforts, working with academic and non-academic departments on developing assessment plans and coordinating the assessment of learning goals inside and outside the classroom.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Perlman. “Brandeis has a long tradition of engaging students and inspiring learning. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to explore the ways that an increased focus on assessment can help us with this critical task.”

Perlman says he’s especially interested in how to help students learn for the long term.

“Dan has been a passionate and creative advocate for assessment initiatives for many years,” says Marty W. Krauss, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “He brings many strengths to this position, and I'm looking forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

Perlman’s appointment is effective March 1.

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